[Rushtalk] Cops To Collect Traffic Fines On the Spot Via Credit or Debit Card

Steven Laib stevenlaib at sbcglobal.net
Tue Dec 2 14:03:16 MST 2014

Actually this is partially because in Texas you can't pay by mail.  So it is to prevent people from having to stand in line and pay at the clerk's office.  

 From: John A. Quayle <blueoval57 at verizon.net>
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At 09:41 AM 12/2/2014, Carl Spitzer wrote:

Proof tickets are not about
public safety.
         And that includes DUI's
as well............

>Under Texas Bill,Cops To Collect Traffic Fines On the Spot Via Credit or Debit
>November 12, 2014
>Source: Adan Salazar
>H.B. No. 121, introduced on Monday by State Rep. Allen Fletcher,
concerns “an alternative means of payment of certain criminal fines and
court costs.” 
>“Under the procedure, a peace officer making an arrest of a defendant (1)
shall inform the defendant of: (A) the possibility of making an immediate
payment of the fine and related court costs by use of a credit or debit
card; and (B) the defendant’s available alternatives to making an
immediate payment,” the bill, still in its initial phase,
>The House bill goes on to explain that “a peace officer making an arrest
of a defendant: (2) may accept, on behalf of the court, the defendant’s
immediate payment of the fine and related court costs by use of a credit
or debit card, after which the peace officer must release the
>Backers of the bill may attempt to argue it merely provides an additional
method for the courts to expedite the collection of outstanding payments,
and may say it will free up jail space to be able to hold more criminal
offenders, or free up court dockets to deal with more important
>However, should the bill pass, it would deal a devastating blow to the
citizenry’s right to due process, which among other things mandates an
appearance and assessment before a magistrate prior to a case proceeding
to trial, and would set the legal precedent wherein everyday police
officers would be empowered to take on the roles of judge, jury and
executioner – and charge “related court costs.”
>Not explicitly stated is the fact that, under the bill, traffic cops
would be required to carry around credit card swiping machines, in
addition to citizens’ private credit or debit card information, which
could open the doors to a litany of personal security risks and
>If the bill were to pass, it would follow a disturbing trend set by other
states such as North Carolina, whose populace recently voted in favor of
passing a law permitting criminal defendants to waive their rights to a jury
trial, allowing law enforcement to pressure them into surrendering
due process as part of a plea bargain.
>In areas such as Tenaha, Texas, where cops were exposed to be running a racket operation tantamount to
highway robbery, it would be much easier for police to extract wealth
from unsuspecting travelers who would rather pay immediate fines than
revisit an out-of-the-way small town for a trivial court
>Indeed, the passage of H.B. No. 121 would go a long way in destroying the
illusion that traffic cops work in the interest of public safety, and
would lay bare that the state leverages arbitrary traffic laws to fleece
the American public.
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